Unique Reclaimed Wood Mantel Shelf (TENDER FAMILY)

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Weight 50 lbs
Dimensions 68.5 × 2.75 × 9 in



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1 in stock

Product Description

Really unique, wonderful looking shelf.

I’ve really enjoyed having this interesting little reclaimed wood mantel shelf floating around the workshop for a little while. Its front face is a tapestry of character, with nail holes, knots, and a unique shape and flow. Many would have discarded it, but white oak’s natural rot resistance means that solid wood remains beneath the rot layer — it just has to be worked.

The top and bottom are not quite as interesting, but the real focus on any mantel is all about that face. (not to be confused with All About That Bass).

This mantel shelf is 2.75 inches x about 9 inches deep x 68.5in long.

This piece was originally from an old nearly rotten floor joist. We purchased the source board from an Amish gentleman who dismantled it from an old weather barn in Southwest Wisconsin. The country by his place is filled with rolling hills, where they bear witness to a simpler time, when cows grazed freely, and agriculture was a labor of love. This part of the States evokes the memories of my childhood when I saw agriculture as a harmonious balance between nature and humans. These old barns are a relic of a bygone era — not too much longer and the good ones will be gone.

It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $125

About the tag – The Tender Family featuring Franky and Weeny. Great little illustration just so typical of the late 40s and early 50s. The Visking Corporation was founded in 1925 to produce cellulose casings for processed meats. In the 1950s, they were acquired by Union Carbide who subsequently sold the business off in the 1980s. The company still produces casings today.

More Mantel Inventory

You can shop some available mantel beams and thinner mantel shelves on this website. 

However, our website here only contains a small number of all of the mantels that we have in stock.
We are literally a mom-and-pop shop that does lots of custom work. We often just don’t quite find enough time to update this website regularly.
We have nearly 150 finished mantels and another 500 or so unfinished pieces in stock at any time that can be viewed with other links. 

We also do lots of custom work. If we understand what you are seeking, we can find and create that magic piece.

Please contact us for a full list and personal recommendations. We’re happy to chat and find a great piece for you.

We work with a great local blacksmith to add metal straps and other ornamentation to our mantels. He is the real deal — coal forged and hand hammered. The metalwork has great color and tight fit. Nothing machined. We can start with a finished mantel you find on our site, or we can start with raw stock for more options.

Here are a few examples of the hundreds that we have crafted over the years. We can work together to create something unique. You can also browse our Mantels with Metalwork page.

Mantel with metal rings  Fireplace Mantel with Metal Cross 

In most cases, no special and expensive brackets are required — just some lag screws. The different approaches outlined are very strong, simple, and economical. Take a look at our mantel installation tips.

Contact us via email at antiqueww@gmail.com or call 612-281-9330.